Talmud Bavli – Maseches Krisus
First Printing of Maseches Krisus!
Maseches Krisus with Rashi’s commentary. Complete volume from the original Bomberg Edition of the Talmud, printed by the celebrated Italian printer Daniel Bomberg of Venice.
This is the first edition of any maseches Krisus to be printed.
This masechta was not printed during the incunabula or even the post-incunabula era, since financial constraints limited the printing of the first volumes of Shas to the masechtos studied in yeshivos (see preface of Gershon Soncino to Sefer Michlol [Constantinople, 1533]). Hence, until this print, only those who were able to acquire a handwritten manuscript of the masechta were able to study Maseches Krisus..
High-quality print with dark ink on thick paper.
Venice, 1522. Daniel Bomberg Press. Page Count: 91 leaves. Page Size: 36.5 cm.
Bibliography: Stefansky, Sifrei Yesod #41.
The Bomberg Shas – Prototype for All Future Gemaras
The first complete set of Talmud Bavli was printed by Daniel Bomberg in his famed printing house in Venice between the years 1520-1523. The complete set was a masterpiece, with attractive, clear type and practically free of censorship. It likewise contained new additions that were printed for the first time ever, based on handwritten manuscripts.
Commonly regarded as the prototype for all future editions, the Venice Shas established the famous tzuras hadaf which fixed the page numbers of each tractate and served as the basis for all future printings of the Gemara. Until this very day, anyone who cites a source in Shas references the daf as established in Bomberg’s Venice Shas.
Rabbi Refael Nosson Notta Rabinowitz, world-acclaimed expert on various editions of Talmud, writes, “In its format and appearance, this Talmud is the epitome of beauty and glory. The paper is fine, and the letters dark and clear… No subsequent editions have approached its beauty” (Essay on the Printing of the Talmud p. 41).
Bibliography: Stefansky, Sifrei Yesod p. 18; Appendix p. 168
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